Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance: Mid-term Plan Progress, Accelerating Electrification (Part 1)

Nissan announces long-term vision, Mitsubishi achieves fixed cost reduction target early



Nissan Chill-Out
Nissan Chill-Out (Next-generation crossover EV concept car) (Source: Nissan)

  On May 27, 2020, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (Alliance) announced an initiative to increase the competitiveness and profitability of the three companies, and has assigned "leader" and "follower" roles for the companies for each region, development, and product to efficiently promote it.

  In line with the Alliance policy, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan) has been implementing "Nissan NEXT", a business structure reform plan through FY2022; however, with the prospect of returning to profitability in FY2021, Nissan announced its long-term vision "Nissan Ambition 2030" on November 29, 2021, stating that the time has come to shift gears from business revitalization to the creation of the future.

  This long-term vision will serve as a compass for the next 10 years, with electrification at the core of the strategy. Over the next five years, JPY 2 trillion will be invested to accelerate technology innovation, including electrification and intelligence. In addition, 23 electrified vehicle models, including 15 electric vehicle (EV) models, will be introduced by FY2030.

  The structural reform activities of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), based on the new mid-term management plan "Small but Beautiful" announced in July 2020, have made more progress than initially expected, and in two years, the company has achieved its plan to reduce fixed costs by 20%, one year ahead of schedule. The new environmental plan announced in November 2020 calls for all models to have electrified versions by 2030, and for the proportion of electrically powered vehicles (EVs, Plug-in hybrids, Hybrids) to be 50% by 2030.

  Nissan and Mitsubishi announced their financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2021 (April-September 2021) in November 2021, and both companies improved their profits significantly and returned to profitability. The companies expect to return to profitability for the entire FY2021. However, there are still risks such as the reemergence of COVID-19 infection, semiconductor supply shortages, and exchange rates, and the companies will continue to reduce costs and improve the quality of sales.

  This report, the first part of a series of reports on developments in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, focuses on the progress of the mid-term management plans for Nissan and Mitsubishi through FY2022, as well as Nissan's long-term vision through FY2030, which was announced on November 29, 2021. Renault will be the subject of Part 2 of this series, along with the Alliance sales forecast by LMC Automotive.

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